Denver Islamic Society in shock over Paris attacks

KUSA - Joining scores of Muslim groups around the world issuing similar statements, the Denver Islamic Society said Saturday that it is "greatly saddened and horrified" by the terrorist attacks in Paris.

"Killing any life in Islam is strictly prohibited," said Imam ShemsAdeen Ben-Masaud with the Denver Islamic Society. "Life is sacred, human life has a sanctity over it, so for us, it's completely reprehensible."

The terrorist organization known as ISIS, or Daesh, claimed responsibility for the attacks that as of Saturday afternoon had killed 129 people and had left 352 others in the hospital.

"As Muslims, we are greatly distressed and saddened over the loss of life and brutality that unfolded in Paris," the Denver Islamic Society wrote on its website. "We believe, as stated in the Holy Quran, that whoever kills one life, it is as if they have killed all of humanity, and whoever saves one life, it is as if they have saved all of humanity."

Ben-Masaud believe these are act are related to socio-economic and political issues and not religion.

"They can claim that its faith, or from God, but that doesn't mean that it is," said Ben-Masaud. "Our community is also affected. We are also victims of this attack, honestly, terrorism has no discrimination between a Muslim and a non-Muslim."

The Denver Islamic Society is hosting an open house next Saturday. The event, which includes refreshments and tour of the Mosque, starts at 2 p.m. at the Denver Islamic Society located near I-25 and Evans in Denver.

"We're going to be doing our best to continue to work with out interfaith partners to drive home that picture that we know to be our faith, not the picture that those who are doing acts in the name of Islam believe the faith to be. That's not accurate."

In its statement to the media, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the U.S., referenced the same passage in the Quran, adding that it stood with the people of France.

"I would like to let everyone know that we believe evil only triumphs when good people do nothing," said the group's representative. "Therefore we stand in solidarity with the French people and call on the Muslim community both in France and the United States to redouble their effort and vigilance in confronting extremism wherever they may find it."

(© 2015 KUSA)


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